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Cecal Veins
Cardiovascular System

Cecal Veins

Venae caecales

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Quick Facts

Origin: Along the surface of the cecum.

Course: Travels from inferolateral to superomedial to join the appendicular veins as the ileocolic vein and ultimately the superior mesenteric vein.

Tributaries: None.

Drainage: Cecum.

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The cecal veins (anterior and posterior) originate along the surface of the cecum near the ileocecal junction.


The cecal veins travel superomedially from the cecum (lower right quadrant) to merge with the appendicular veins as the ileocolic vein, which will then drain into the superior mesenteric vein.


There are no named tributaries.

Structures Drained

The cecal veins drain the cecum.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Appendectomy


Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41 edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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ScienceDirect image

The cecum should be a large blind pouch filled with air (black) and stool (intermediate gray), located in the right lower quadrant.

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